I did an 8 minute FTP test yesterday and I ended up spinning out during the test intervals to a point where I was at a high cadence (for me) but felt like I had more power to give. I’m a relative newbie to TR and whilst I’ve read threads with similar issues mine differs slightly and I would really appreciate some advice.
The FTP result should be public. I ride on a Tacx Vortex. Normal riding in Erg mode means I’m on the smaller of the two front chain rings with is going straight back to mid-rear cog.
The test went something like this:
I enter a test segment a shift to the larger front cog and progressively shift up in terms of moving to the smaller rear cogs. On occasion I may start shifting just before the segment starts. Not sure if this matters.
I see my power increase but not reach the target power. Instead I plateau around my current FTP. At this points I’m doing 110 maybe more cadence wise.
With the exception of trying to peddle faster I can’t make any significant increase in power but I feel like I’ve more to give and the trainer is not resisting as much as it could be. I sit there for 8 mins wondering what I’m doing wrong.
It’s probably worth mentioning that calibrating prior to the test has a weird result. It actually worked ok but then gave a result of “0”.
Being honest, I’ve not had much luck with FTP tests. When I started back at the start of 2020 I did the ramp test and had a similar issue but I put it down to setting my initial FTP wrong. I should mention the result was something like 230 (was 260) and whilst I wouldn’t be surprised at a slight drop, it just didn’t feel right.
Any assistance and advice gratefully received.